ECUTalk USB Consult Cables
|ECUTalk USB Consult Cable ($85 + post)
For Nissan vehicles with a consult port!
Postage included in total price shown to the right.
1-4 days to Australia, 5-15 working days overseas.
ECUTalk USB Cable with OBDII plug ($100 + post)
For the very few Nissan vehicles with a OBDII plug
that are NOT really OBDII, but still original Consult:
Patrol/Navara/Terrano with TB45E or non-CRD ZD30
R50 Pathfinder with VG33E. Any other, contact us.
Wont work on REAL OBDII cars!
Distributors (normal cable only, no OBDII plug option):
UK/Europe buyers, you may wish to buy from H-Dev - £70.15 shipped to UK, higher elsewhere.
American buyers, you may wish to buy from Nismotronic - $90USD shipped to USA
Availability and Shipping
All cable options are in stock and can be purchased by using the order links above.
Shipping is shown above, delivery times are estimates, cables can be shipped to almost all countries worldwide, via
Australia Post Airmail, and of course within Australia. Typical transit times are 2-4 weeks for most destinations
including USA, Canada, UK and Europe, but will depend on customs/local postal service. To check postage details
for a country, select the country here. Assuming it
has the tick for AirMail, it should be fine to post there (you can see estimated delivery times also, although in our
experience you need to add a day to the ranges shown). If there is anything specific required for us to know before posting,
add it to the 'handling instructions' field when ordering (or email beforehand).
Group buys of 5 or more cables are welcome, contact us for pricing/logistics.
Nissan Consult is supported on most Nissans built in the 1990s, and a few from the 2000s. If the car has the
female consult port, it will most likely support consult. It
also works on a select few vehicles with the OBDII plug, via an adaptor
- typically these include the Patrol/Navara/Terrano with TB45E or non-CRD ZD30 engine, and the R50 Pathfinder with VG33E engine.
If you are not sure, please contact us first. Consult is only supported on the Nissan ECUs, so replacement ECUs like
the PowerFC, etc, will not support it (remapped/daughterboards ECUs or those with piggybacks like SAFC should be
fine). Also some late model cars from 1999 may have an OBDII port and a Consult port, but only retain the consult
port it for ancilliary systems (like AT, AirCon, HICAS, etc) diagnostics, but the main ECU may be OBDII.
If you purchase the cable but you find your car does not support consult, you can receive a refund if the cable
is returned within 30 days, in original condition.
A 'consult interface' cable allows the connection of a Laptop/PC to a Consult
capable car for diagnostics with Consult programs, such as the
ECUTalk software. The cables are not 'straight through', but have an
electrical circuit inside the connector (not just a case of putting connectors on the ends of a cable).
Generally all Nissan Consult interface cables should work with all Consult software, although some circuit designs
offer better compatibility with all vehicles. e.g. you shouldn't have to buy an ECUTalk cable to work with the ECUTalk
software if you already have a different kind.
Using the Cable
The steps for actually using the cable and software (see next section) are relatively simple:
- Plug one end into car's consult port. Often located near fuse box area
- Plug other end into laptop usb or serial port (or for Pocket PC, into null-modem adaptor or blaZt iPAQ cable)
- Ensure car is either ON (ignition on, but not running) or RUNNING. Consult port doesnt get power on ACC.
- Start software, select port (an onboard serial port is normally COM1, but for USB, see last step of driver install section below to find COM port number in device manager
There are plenty of other free consult software packages available, most notably:
- ECUTalk (of course! notably for gauges/logging, also has trip meter gauges)
- OBD Scantech Nissan (active tests, fair amount of features)
- Conzult Free (base idle mode, simple bar graphs)
USB Driver Installation
USB drivers can be found here, with
install guides located here,
though the rough steps for XP are:
- If you have previous FTDI drivers installed, uninstall these
- Connect ECUTalk USB Cable to USB port
- Select "No, not this time" to any Windows Update drivers prompt
- Select "Install from a specific location"
- Select "Search for the best driver" and "Include this location", and point it to the folder you extracted the downloaded driver to.
- Click "Continue Anyway" to any prompts (if any)
- Finish. Now to find out the COM port it uses: Start -> Run -> devmgmt.msc -> Expand "Ports (COM & LPT)".
You will see a "USB Serial Port (COMX)" where COMX is your COM port you will use in any consult applications.
Pocket PC Users
Pocket PC users with a compatible PDA (see the
compatibility page), you need a serial consult
interface cable (no longer sold here, try PLMS/Blazt) and either one of the 2 options:
- A serial sync cable for your Pocket PC (try ebay), and a male-male null-modem adaptor
- If you are an iPAQ user, a blaZt iPAQ Cable
that will act as both a serial sync cable and null-modem adaptor, and it will also charge the PDA
- ideal for permanent use (the ECUTalk Serial Consult Cable supplies power on pin9 of the connector
and as such is compatible with the blaZt iPAQ Cable for charging purposes)